My 2006 Outback is a cozier replacement for a tent when I'm too lazy to set up one and can make it anywhere that the mountains of West Virginia can take it, even in the worst of snow. My Subaru can pack in a 17-foot white-water raft and gear for a two-night river trip for six, or tote home my most exhausted friends after a long weekend of snowboarding.
All in all, the best all-round vehicle for anyone trying to get out there and get some fun!
~ Jonathan McCallister, Red House, WV
Eight kayaks on my 2006 Forester is a local record, and I even drove the assembly down the rugged Rockville Road in Preston County, West Virginia. But, I think you guys owe me some royalties because the feat has persuaded a few dozen of my boating buddies to buy a Subaru as well!
While I know that eight kayaks are likely to exceed the Owner's Manual limit, I can attest to the strength of the car. It made it down a road that I routinely watch many vehicles struggle to drive with nothing more than a driver in the driver's seat.
~ Matt Pascal, Pittsburgh, PA
Editor's note: Of course, Subaru doesn't recommend such a load on the roof of a Forester. Always refer to and abide by the weight limits in your Owner's Manual.
I am pretty hard on my 2005 Subaru Outback. It is my first Subaru, and it gets me wherever I want to go. The many scrapes all just add character.
The back end is perfect for sitting on to put on my in-line skates, and I love to find a sunny spot and just read with the sun coming through the moonroof or put down the back seat and nap in the back.
Here I am up in the fields after harvest near where I grew up outside of Colfax, Washington.
~ Marla McCune, Vancouver, WA